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Urban Souls Dance Company presents Souls of Black Houston

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Urban Souls Dance Company presents Souls of Black Houston, a dance concert dedicated to honoring Black history. This particular performance marks the company’s 20th anniversary season and pays tribute to two decades of sharing the powerful stories of the African American experience.

Highlighting the program is “Colored Carnegie” (originally commissioned by Performing Arts Houston in 2021), created and directed by Urban Souls Founder and Artistic Director Harrison Guy, featuring an original score by Dr. John Cornelius and set design by Edgar Guajardo. Inspired by the history of the segregated Houston Colored Carnegie Library, this piece is a poignant reminder of the resilience and strength of the Black community.

In addition to “Colored Carnegie,” the program includes “Sugar Shack,” choreographed by Walter J. Hull, II, draws inspiration from the evocative paintings of Ernie Barnes and the recent high-drama purchase of the painting “Sugar Shack” by Houstonian Bill Perkins; and Harrison Guy’s “Black Bodies in White Spaces” - developed in collaboration with Rice University’s Center for Engaged Research & Collaborative Learning - explores the complexities and beauty of self-acceptance and self-love.

It will also feature two alumni works. “Distract me from the Mirror,” choreographed and performed by former Urban Souls Dancers Uwazi Zamani and Trent Williams, Jr.; and “M/W: lessons” choreographed by former dancer Dwayne Cook, who is now a Teaching Artist at Houston Ballet.

Urban Souls Dance Company presents Souls of Black Houston, a dance concert dedicated to honoring Black history. This particular performance marks the company’s 20th anniversary season and pays tribute to two decades of sharing the powerful stories of the African American experience.

Highlighting the program is “Colored Carnegie” (originally commissioned by Performing Arts Houston in 2021), created and directed by Urban Souls Founder and Artistic Director Harrison Guy, featuring an original score by Dr. John Cornelius and set design by Edgar Guajardo. Inspired by the history of the segregated Houston Colored Carnegie Library, this piece is a poignant reminder of the resilience and strength of the Black community.

In addition to “Colored Carnegie,” the program includes “Sugar Shack,” choreographed by Walter J. Hull, II, draws inspiration from the evocative paintings of Ernie Barnes and the recent high-drama purchase of the painting “Sugar Shack” by Houstonian Bill Perkins; and Harrison Guy’s “Black Bodies in White Spaces” - developed in collaboration with Rice University’s Center for Engaged Research & Collaborative Learning - explores the complexities and beauty of self-acceptance and self-love.

It will also feature two alumni works. “Distract me from the Mirror,” choreographed and performed by former Urban Souls Dancers Uwazi Zamani and Trent Williams, Jr.; and “M/W: lessons” choreographed by former dancer Dwayne Cook, who is now a Teaching Artist at Houston Ballet.

WHEN

WHERE

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
800 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
https://www.thehobbycenter.org/events/souls-of-black-houston/

TICKET INFO

$38 and up.

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